October 29, 2020 | 6-6:30pm ET | 9-9:30am AEDT

Creating Cultures of Dignity & Belonging

with Diego Navarro

Join us for a 30-minute webinar conversation with Conversant's Anne Murray Allen and Katie Mingo, featuring guest Diego Navarro. In a casual and intimate discussion, they will share their thoughts on how communities that foster dignity and belonging can be powerful forces for good, and the key to causing lasting social change in our organizations, our educational systems, and our world. 

Diego Navarro founded the Academy for College Excellence (ACE) in 2002 and is Professor Emeritus at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County, CA. After a successful career in the high-tech industry, he chose to move towards his long-time calling to work for social change. He helps colleges improve their teaching and learning through delivering professional development workshops, and supporting the redesign of courses to incorporate affective/non-cognitive approaches and embed 21st-century skills development.

ACE (formerly the Digital Bridge Academy) is an accelerated education program that helps at-risk young adults prepare for community college and for careers in professional fields. Evidence of the program's effectiveness has been shown in a number of longitudinal studies, offering a new way of teaching that values community, dignity and belonging as critical ingredients to self-actualization. 

Diego has a deep familiarity with the Conversant tools and principles, and has found unique and powerful ways to reimagine them for use with the students in the ACE program. 

About Diego 

Navarro has been training faculty in affective learning approaches since 2006 when he was funded by the James Irvine Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to replicate ACE. The experiential learning courses he developed have been taught both in classrooms and online. At WGU his affective course enrolls over 1,500 students per month and has served over 60,000 students. Navarro also developed the Five-day Experiential Learning Institute (FELI) to teach faculty how to employ non-cognitive learning exercises in their classrooms. Over 1,500 faculty and staff from more than 90 institutions have participated in these FELIs.

Navarro has served as a coach on the California Guided Pathways Project and received appointments as a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching at Stanford and University of California, Santa Cruz. Diego received the prestigious American Association of Community College Trustees, William H. Meardy National Faculty Award in 2009 after receiving the Pacific Regional Award. Diego’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York and other nationally-known funders. Diego earned a graduate degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business where he performed research with Rosabeth Moss Kanter and J Richard Hackman. He has led two high-tech start-up companies and his years of experience in social science research at Hewlett Packard Laboratories were utilized in the design of ACE.

Learn more about Diego and his work on his website: www.diegojamesnavarro.com.

Join us on October 29